Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bsi 2,007.32 +8.27 +.41%

The Index sees gains Michael Steele's rather bold attempt to wrest control over his party and dismiss the idea that he's only a figurehead.

In an interview with GQ Steele asserted his belief that women have the right to choose abortion.  The stance, which deviates from the rabid, Limbaugh-listening base's ideology he's been counterposed against, may be calculated to show that he's no one's toadie -- regardless, it's effective.


Michelle Obama  (MRO) 31.94 +4.29 +13.43%

The First Lady seems to be the latest "It Girl".


Prince (PRN) 29.33 -6.92 -19.1%

Prince sees U2's five nights on Letterman, and raises by going on the the higher rated Tonight Show for a week.  

While we never miss out on an opportunity to check out His Royal Badness, analysts here feel that something's lost when The Artists stopped being as reclusive.  Of course, that may have more to do with the fact that his music hasn't been very good over the past fifteen years.

Let's just say this wasn't his finest hour.

While we'd never tell someone to stop doing what they do, it's clear Prince's influence from here on out will be greater than any new music he makes.  For better...

Van Hunt
And for, well... weirder.

Francis and the Lights

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bsi 1,999.05 -3.41 -.17%

First D.L. and now D.A.G.  After the cancelation of "Chocolate News" it's safe to say it's the worst of times for black fake news show hosts.

Analysts here believe the problem lied not in the concepts, but rather the execution.  Maybe Hughley and Grier weren't quite ready to take up where Chappelle left off.  We just hope that this doesn't signal the moving of black themed shows back to television ghettos.

Maybe it would have succeeded at 4:40 in the morning.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bsi 2,002.46 -9.62 -.48%

A recent study shows that African-Americans are far more optimistic about the state of the economy than the rest of the population.  Hmmm, you don't say...

Still making this song and this video, huh... maybe "optimistic" isn't the right word.  Perhaps "unrealistic" is the shoe that fits.


March 11, 1959

Bsi 47.92 +7.68 +16.03%

Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun", Broadway's first play written by a black woman (and its first play directed by a black director), debuts.

It would be Hansberry's best known work and the feature film would be released two years later.

Hat tip to Undercover Blackman for keeping me from forgetting this anniversary.


President Bush didn't ban embryonic stem cell research, rather he restricted federal funding for such research.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bsi 2,012.08 +24.67 +1.23%

The Index reacts to Oprah Winfrey's stand against domestic violence.

If Chris Brown thought he was in trouble before... now he's gotta deal with Oprah.

Analysts here despise this movie, but it seems an appropriate reference point for this conversation.


Blacks and Science

With Barack Obama undoing W.'s executive orders prohibiting embryonic stem cell research and Neil deGrasse Tyson taking up Carl Sagan's mantle it may be time to dust off the old chemistry books.


For the Love of Ray J

If "Flavor of Love" didn't posit that there really is a shortage of eligible black males, this certainly does.

Really?  At least "Flavor of Love" was a joke.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bsi 1,987.41 +9.16 +.46%

D.L. Hughley's "Breaking the News" gets the axe.  Which is bad news for Hughley (who will stay with the network as a "contributor"), but good news for people who tune into news networks for, you know, news.

As Steele said on the show Rush Limbaugh is an "entertainer".  The canceling of Hughley's show will hopefully serve to help stop the blurring of the line between entertainment and news.